17.3" Core i3 330m for £429 - ok?

  Danny_B73 10:09 17 Jun 10
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Good morning all,

My first post on this forum. Due to being evicted from my office upstairs (Nursery - baby number 2 on the way!), I'm looking to replace my old Desktop PC with a Laptop.

Initially the Mrs gave me a budget of £400, so began trawling the net for the best my £400 could get me. Ideally I wanted to get something with as new a processor as possible (Core i3 if poss) and a 17” screen.

The best I could do for around that budget was a couple of Dual Core T4300/4400’s, which I’m sure are absolutely fine, but I was looking for something newer preferably. Anyhow, I negotiated my budget a little higher (after bamboozling the Mrs with a bit of techie speak) and managed to locate the following laptop for £449.

All I’ll be using it for really is general internet browsing, MS office applications, and maybe a bit of music/video/sports streaming, it won’t really be used for high end games (or probably any games for that matter). It doesn’t need to be too portable either as it’ll only be used at home and potentially at work (when on nights).

This was actually priced at £449 last night (reduced from £480), but it’s dropped a further twenty pounds to £429.99 this morning!

For my needs I can’t find a lot wrong with it, can anyone else?

System features

Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Intel® Core™ i3 Processor i3-330M
• 2.13 GHz, Level 2 cache 3 MB
Chipset Intel® HM55

Memory

Memory 2 GB DDR3 (2 x 1024 MB)
Maximum memory Supports up to 8 GB DDR3 memory
Memory slots - 2 user accessible memory slots

Storage

Internal drives 250 GB SATA Hard Disk Drive 7200 rpm
Optical drives SATA optical drive: LightScribe SuperMulti DVD±RW with Double Layer Support

Graphics

Display size (diagonal) 43.9 cm (17.3") Diagonal HD+ High-Definition LED HP BrightView Widescreen Display
Display resolution 1600 x 900
Graphics Intel® HD Graphics, up to 762 MB total available graphics memory

Expansion features

Slots 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro or xD Picture cards

Media devices

Webcam Webcam with Integrated Microphone; VGA
Input devices
Pointing device Touch Pad with On/Off button and dedicated vertical Scroll Up/Down pad
Keyboard Full size keyboard with integrated numeric keypad

Communications

Network interface Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN
Wireless technologies 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth® wireless networking

Dimensions and weight
Product weight 3 kg
Weight will vary by configuration
Product dimensions (W x D x H) 41.2 cm (L) x 26.9 cm (W) x 3.24 cm (min H) / 3.74 cm (max H)

Power

Power supply type 65 W AC Power Adapter
Battery type 6-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery
Energy efficiency compliance ENERGY STAR® qualified

What's included

Warranty 1 year, pick-up and return, parts and labour
Software included Recovery partition (including possibility to recover system, applications and drivers separately)
Optional re-allocation of recovery partition
Recovery CD/DVD creation tool
Symantec™ Norton Internet Security™ 2009 (60 days live update)
Notebook Help & Support
HP Setup, HP Advisor, HP Support Assistant, Cyberlink DVD Suite, Cyberlink Power DVD, Cyberlink YouCam, Cyberlink MediaShow, Windows Media Center, Windows Live™ Applications, Norton Online Backup (30-day trial)
Microsoft® Internet Explorer
Windows® Live Messenger, Adobe® Reader, Adobe® Flash Player
Microsoft® Works and Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007 60-Day Trial Version

  Danny_B73 10:13 17 Jun 10

Sorry, just to add, the model and links to the shop and official spec are below:

Hewlett Packard G72-102SA Notebook PC

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click here

  chub_tor 11:00 17 Jun 10

My gut reaction is that it is light on RAM, with only 2Gb and a graphics card that uses a chunk of that you might find that it will be a bit slow if you are running with several windows open at the same time. 4Gb sodimm ram will set you back the best part of £80 nowadays so an upgrade is not cheap.

Have you looked at the Dell Inspiron 17 series, they have one model around that price with 3Gb RAM?

  john 52 11:44 17 Jun 10

Aldi have a special today I do not know if this is any use to you !!
There deals tend to go quickly


click here

  Danny_B73 12:59 17 Jun 10

Thanks for the responses. To be honest it's not going to have a heavy workload (initially at least) and would still be miles faster than my current 7 year old HP desktop (Pentium 4 530) even with just 2GB under the bonnet. Although I would hope that the much higher level of cache and up to date processor would even it out a bit anyway. The Benchmark scores for the Core i3-330 are above a lot of Core2Duo's with much higher clock speeds.

I have looked at the Dell 17s, but for the same money you only get a T3100 (1.9GHz, 800MHz, 1MB cache) compared to the i3-330M (2.13 GHz, Level 2 cache 3 MB) in the HP.

I would probably throw a further 2GB of RAM at it within the first week to up it to 3GB anyway, which should be able to cope with most stuff I throw at it until I can afford to stump up a bit more for a 4GB stick.

P.S. I did see the Aldi deals, there is a Medion with an Core i3-350M processor in it for £500 which is a fantastic deal on paper, however my initial budget doesn't stretch above £450.

Thanks for the comments.

Danny B.

  The Kestrel 16:39 18 Jun 10

Here is an alternative Toshiba laptop at Tesco direct click here

  Danny_B73 23:09 18 Jun 10

Another good shout with the alternative, however it's pretty much the same spec with a smaller screen.

Just to add, I purchased the HP G72-102 anway yesterday.

So far so good... excellent screen, very quick for normal day to day stuff (not had chance to do a lot other than that so far), comfortable to use etc. no grumbles whatsoever so far.

  raz_5 17:01 25 Dec 10

hi i brought this for 399 a few days ago from comet

  kennythejoiner 09:32 26 Dec 10

A bit over your budget is this one I have just bought from click here

For a..
B/NEW Dell studio XPS 17 2.93 i7, 500GB,4GB,3GB NVIDIA
4GB RAM, 500 7200rpm, 3GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 445M NEW
For £799.99 Inc vat and delivery..

  isca2 11:13 26 Dec 10

What did you buy ?

  chub_tor 12:13 26 Dec 10

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